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As a contemporary and sustainable re-interpretation of Swindon’s 19th century railway town vernacular, The Triangle has won many plaudits. The scheme was a community-led regeneration project developed for Haboakus – a joint venture between Kevin McCloud’s HAB company and the Green Square housing group. The approach was to make ordinary housing extraordinary.

View of central green

Terraces of cottages set on four sides of a carefully landscaped village green contain 42 low-energy homes. They use timber-frame structures and Hemcrete external walls finished in traditional lime render to achieve compliance with Code 4 of the Code for Sustainable Homes and with Lifetimes Homes standards as well as a Building for Life Gold Standard.

Communal gardens
Gabion walls enclose bin stores

Awards included recognition in the Housing Design Awards 2010 and Housing Minister Grant Schapps described the Triangle as an "exceptional" model for residential development.

Porch bicycle storage
Site model
Cowl model


RIBA Awards 2012
National Award
Regional Award (South West Region)
Sustainability Award (South West Region)

Housing Design Awards 2012
Completed Scheme – Shortlisted

AJ100 Awards 2012
Building of the Year – Shortlisted
Civic Trust Awards 2012

Housing Innovation Awards 2012
Most Innovative Affordable Housing Scheme of the Year

Building Awards 2012
Housing Project of the Year – Shortlisted
The Sunday Times: British Homes Awards 2012

Housing Design Awards 2010
Projects Category
Two bed house: section
Two bed house: plan